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The Basketball Diaries
Appeared at the 1995 Sundance Film Festival
In his first leading role, Leonardo DiCaprio gives an “electrifying … bust-out star performance” (Rolling Stone) as poet/musician Jim Carroll in an adaptation of Carroll’s cult memoir about his rapid descent from high-school basketball star to heroin junkie. Music video veteran Scott Kalvert helms his debut feature, which captures both the story’s youthful romanticism and its unseemly grit. Lorraine Bracco (“The Sopranos”) costars as Carroll’s tough-love mother, and, in an early screen role, Mark Wahlberg plays one of the high-school buddies.